Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2003

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/28/2012

Quarterbacks are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the quarterback 's performance compared to replacement level, adjusted for situation and opponent and then translated into yardage. DYAR (and its cousin, YAR, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The other statistic given is DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average quarterback in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player's performance. Negative DVOA represents below-average offense. DVOA (and its cousin, VOA, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The simple version: DYAR means a quarterback with more total value. DVOA means a quarterback with more value per play.

Effective Yards, listed in red, translate DVOA into a yards per attempt figure. This provides an easy comparison: in general, players with more Effective Yards than standard yards played better than standard stats would otherwise indicate, while players with fewer Effective Yards than standard yards played worse than standard stats would otherwise indicate. Effective Yards are not the best way to measure total value because they are more dependent on usage than DYAR.

  • Passes total includes sacks and aborted snaps. Both count against a quarterback's value.
  • Intentional clock-stopping spikes are not counted as passes, which may cause completion rate to be different from official NFL stats.
  • Fumbles count the same whether lost to the defense or retained by the offense.
  • DPI lists the number of plays and yards where the quarterback drew Defensive Pass Interference. These plays are incorporated into DVOA and DYAR, but are not included in the totals for Passes or Yards.

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PASSING: Minimum 100 passes, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
P.Manning IND 1,891 1 1,718 1 37.1% 1 32.7% 587 4,141 5,731 29 4 1 10 67.1% 9/111
T.Green KC 1,388 2 1,443 2 28.1% 4 29.7% 545 3,886 4,751 24 4 1 12 63.2% 10/92
S.McNair TEN 1,298 3 1,283 3 36.3% 2 35.7% 420 3,125 3,971 24 6 5 7 63.4% 5/71
M.Hasselbeck SEA 1,017 4 987 4 17.3% 8 16.5% 555 3,586 4,261 26 2 1 15 61.3% 6/105
D.Culpepper MIN 826 5 970 5 14.6% 9 19.1% 488 3,261 3,706 25 8 4 10 66.2% 2/42
A.Brooks NO 824 6 854 7 12.0% 10 12.9% 552 3,307 3,986 24 3 10 8 59.8% 6/183
J.Kitna CIN 810 7 784 9 11.4% 11 10.6% 558 3,344 4,000 26 4 4 14 62.9% 7/104
J.Plummer DEN 736 8 879 6 25.8% 5 33.0% 313 2,100 2,606 15 1 1 7 63.4% 7/65
T.Brady NE 698 9 680 11 8.7% 13 8.1% 562 3,363 3,787 23 8 4 12 60.5% 6/76
B.Favre GB 654 10 824 8 9.4% 12 14.7% 491 3,228 3,458 32 3 2 21 65.4% 5/103
B.Johnson TB 640 11 690 10 5.9% 14 7.2% 587 3,707 3,902 26 4 1 20 62.4% 2/37
D.McNabb PHI 557 12 469 14 5.4% 17 2.8% 520 2,943 3,482 16 3 2 11 58.3% 12/215
B.Leftwich JAC 470 13 351 18 5.5% 16 1.3% 438 2,704 2,915 14 5 5 16 57.3% 7/166
T.Maddox PIT 450 14 450 15 1.5% 20 1.5% 559 3,193 3,476 18 2 2 17 57.8% 7/94
J.Garcia SF 450 15 488 13 5.7% 15 7.1% 411 2,587 2,769 18 3 3 12 58.1% 5/73
M.Bulger STL 445 16 662 12 1.3% 22 7.3% 569 3,562 3,493 22 2 6 22 63.3% 6/74
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
V.Testaverde NYJ 435 17 382 17 22.3% 6 18.3% 204 1,331 1,638 7 1 0 2 62.4% 1/15
J.Delhomme CAR 327 18 392 16 -0.5% 23 1.7% 479 3,036 2,905 19 9 6 16 59.2% 7/116
J.Fiedler MIA 325 19 250 20 4.1% 18 0.6% 333 2,011 2,156 11 2 4 12 57.2% 5/86
T.Rattay SF 315 20 266 19 30.6% 3 24.1% 125 802 1,038 7 0 0 2 61.9% 0/0
K.Collins NYG 304 21 181 24 -2.1% 24 -5.8% 527 2,937 3,128 13 6 5 15 57.3% 6/108
C.Pennington NYJ 302 22 212 23 3.1% 19 -1.1% 322 1,955 2,111 13 6 2 12 64.3% 5/64
T.Banks HOU 216 23 144 25 20.1% 7 9.7% 114 623 850 5 1 0 2 61.0% 1/28
Q.Carter DAL 158 24 226 21 -6.5% 26 -4.4% 543 3,117 2,941 17 4 2 20 58.0% 7/115
K.Holcomb CLE 154 25 106 26 -3.7% 25 -6.0% 323 1,600 1,876 10 3 2 12 64.5% 5/126
D.Flutie SD 140 26 223 22 1.5% 21 9.0% 176 1,059 1,082 9 1 4 4 55.5% 3/53
P.Ramsey WAS 96 27 65 28 -7.0% 27 -8.3% 370 1,959 1,983 14 2 5 9 53.3% 5/85
D.Carr HOU 83 28 60 29 -7.0% 28 -8.1% 309 1,910 1,716 9 2 1 13 57.2% 5/25
D.Johnson ATL 64 29 21 30 -7.2% 29 -9.9% 261 1,581 1,416 8 2 0 11 56.6% 3/58
R.Gannon OAK 53 30 88 27 -7.6% 30 -5.2% 240 1,155 1,262 6 2 0 4 56.1% 4/75
D.Kanell DEN -5 31 -126 38 -11.8% 31 -29.2% 106 417 557 2 3 0 4 51.5% 2/7
T.Hasselbeck WAS -33 32 -30 31 -13.8% 33 -13.6% 187 968 936 5 1 1 7 53.7% 1/15
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Blake ARI -38 33 -101 36 -12.7% 32 -15.3% 384 2,082 1,893 13 3 3 15 57.6% 8/111
T.Couch CLE -43 34 -35 33 -14.1% 34 -13.5% 223 1,188 1,137 7 2 3 6 59.6% 5/81
M.Vick ATL -44 35 -78 35 -17.2% 38 -22.0% 109 507 517 4 2 1 3 50.5% 1/3
A.Wright BAL -61 36 -31 32 -16.1% 36 -13.7% 199 1,055 891 9 5 1 8 53.4% 2/52
R.Mirer OAK -85 37 -78 34 -16.9% 37 -16.4% 241 1,135 1,073 3 2 1 5 53.0% 1/3
D.Bledsoe BUF -135 38 -155 40 -15.3% 35 -15.9% 522 2,489 2,437 11 5 8 11 58.3% 6/141
B.Griese MIA -154 39 -202 42 -28.0% 42 -33.2% 142 709 527 5 0 4 6 57.4% 2/18
D.Brees SD -197 40 -283 44 -19.8% 40 -23.6% 374 1,931 1,571 11 1 4 15 58.2% 4/53
K.Boller BAL -220 41 -161 41 -26.0% 41 -21.9% 241 1,126 896 7 4 4 9 53.2% 5/128
C.Chandler CHI -224 42 -140 39 -28.7% 43 -22.1% 207 945 743 3 4 0 7 56.0% 3/61
J.Harrington DET -250 43 -124 37 -18.2% 39 -14.7% 561 2,806 2,524 17 5 0 21 56.3% 6/72
J.Palmer NYG -273 44 -278 43 -45.6% 46 -46.3% 131 438 267 3 1 1 4 52.2% 1/21
K.Kittner ATL -302 45 -310 45 -52.7% 47 -53.7% 118 361 175 2 0 0 6 38.9% 2/37
J.McCown ARI -355 46 -328 46 -39.5% 44 -37.4% 193 827 514 5 8 2 5 57.6% 2/47
K.Stewart CHI -489 47 -433 47 -41.0% 45 -37.6% 273 1,238 658 7 2 3 11 51.4% 2/29

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.Volek TEN 253 219 39.8% 33.0% 74 496 744 4 0 1 1 64.7% 0/0
G.Frerotte MIN 216 257 36.7% 45.7% 71 667 658 7 1 0 2 58.5% 0/0
N.O'Donnell TEN 195 157 87.7% 68.2% 27 232 425 2 0 0 1 66.7% 0/0
M.Brunell JAC 89 32 3.9% -5.6% 92 433 594 2 1 0 0 65.9% 1/3
D.Garrard JAC 73 67 67.6% 61.3% 12 86 174 1 0 0 0 75.0% 0/0
T.Brown BUF 35 9 13.3% -4.7% 19 153 164 0 0 0 1 77.8% 0/0
T.Collins KC 16 23 10.3% 19.4% 12 74 83 0 0 0 0 75.0% 0/0
T.Bouman NO -2 3 -13.1% -7.6% 15 73 73 1 0 1 0 53.8% 0/0
M.Tuiasosopo OAK -6 19 -13.1% -4.2% 46 310 218 0 1 0 3 58.1% 0/0
R.Grossman CHI -31 12 -17.1% -8.8% 79 397 375 2 3 0 1 53.4% 1/33
S.King TB -38 -45 -33.1% -37.1% 25 105 88 1 0 0 1 68.2% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
T.Martin OAK -64 -55 -78.4% -68.4% 17 64 -8 0 0 1 1 37.5% 0/0
T.Dilfer SEA -73 -61 -121.5% -103.2% 10 21 -46 1 1 1 1 50.0% 0/0
R.Johnson 2TM -79 -97 -63.9% -75.9% 24 72 13 0 0 0 1 55.0% 0/0
R.Peete CAR -83 -74 -128.3% -116.5% 13 -1 -54 0 0 0 0 40.0% 0/0
A.Van Pelt BUF -139 -131 -201.2% -190.4% 13 42 -131 0 0 0 3 41.7% 0/0
M.McMahon DET -145 -144 -83.8% -83.4% 33 78 -37 0 0 0 2 29.0% 0/0
C.Redman BAL -173 -201 -146.2% -168.4% 20 10 -132 0 1 2 2 53.8% 0/0
S.Beuerlein DEN -176 -145 -51.3% -44.3% 70 329 113 2 3 0 5 54.1% 3/75
D.Ragone HOU -218 -249 -87.0% -97.9% 49 80 -65 0 3 0 1 51.3% 0/0
K.Warner STL -231 -195 -64.7% -56.3% 72 314 33 1 3 3 1 58.5% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 35 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Culpepper MIN 126 1 123 1 25.0% 5 24.5% 64 441 541 4 3
J.Garcia SF 82 2 79 3 16.6% 12 16.0% 49 324 401 8 2
J.Plummer DEN 79 3 88 2 34.3% 3 40.0% 28 213 306 3 1
M.Vick ATL 70 4 59 5 28.9% 4 22.9% 33 261 288 1 1
K.Stewart CHI 63 5 62 4 8.2% 14 8.2% 53 296 372 3 1
D.McNabb PHI 62 6 51 6 7.6% 15 4.1% 57 371 365 3 3
J.McCown ARI 47 7 41 11 24.0% 6 20.7% 25 165 198 1 0
D.Flutie SD 46 8 47 8 23.7% 7 24.8% 25 173 202 2 1
S.McNair TEN 46 9 46 9 23.2% 9 23.1% 24 142 203 4 1
M.Bulger STL 46 10 48 7 45.3% 1 49.1% 13 91 164 4 0
D.Carr HOU 39 11 45 10 20.6% 10 26.3% 22 154 180 2 1
D.Brees SD 35 12 31 12 41.2% 2 34.3% 14 90 131 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Green KC 32 13 29 13 20.0% 11 17.1% 17 89 147 2 0
B.Leftwich JAC 30 14 27 15 15.8% 13 13.4% 18 115 148 2 1
A.Brooks NO 26 15 28 14 -1.5% 18 -0.5% 42 182 242 2 1
C.Pennington NYJ 25 16 22 16 23.6% 8 19.7% 12 47 109 2 0
J.Blake ARI 22 17 14 19 2.3% 17 -2.4% 29 178 159 2 2
Q.Carter DAL 20 18 14 18 -5.1% 21 -6.7% 49 262 259 2 2
M.Hasselbeck SEA 11 19 14 17 -3.3% 19 -0.3% 25 135 116 3 1
P.Ramsey WAS 9 20 10 20 4.2% 16 7.6% 9 66 60 1 0
J.Fiedler MIA 8 21 7 21 -7.5% 22 -7.6% 27 94 147 3 1
K.Collins NYG 3 22 6 22 -3.7% 20 3.3% 8 57 35 0 0
T.Brady NE -2 23 -6 26 -13.2% 23 -15.6% 22 80 102 1 1
D.Bledsoe BUF -2 24 -1 23 -15.0% 24 -13.8% 10 38 46 2 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Mirer OAK -4 25 -2 24 -18.1% 26 -14.2% 15 87 43 1 1
J.Kitna CIN -5 26 -9 27 -16.8% 25 -20.8% 20 129 61 0 1
B.Favre GB -8 27 -5 25 -30.2% 29 -21.8% 8 24 13 0 0
J.Harrington DET -10 28 -17 29 -20.4% 27 -27.2% 20 94 59 0 1
T.Hasselbeck WAS -14 29 -12 28 -42.5% 32 -38.9% 9 46 1 0 1
A.Wright BAL -18 30 -20 31 -32.8% 30 -34.8% 17 80 22 0 1
J.Delhomme CAR -19 31 -18 30 -24.4% 28 -23.4% 24 51 70 1 0
D.Johnson ATL -20 32 -25 33 -53.1% 34 -65.0% 8 25 -11 1 1
K.Boller BAL -27 33 -31 34 -40.1% 31 -43.5% 19 63 7 0 1
B.Johnson TB -27 34 -25 32 -46.7% 33 -43.4% 13 46 -6 0 1
P.Manning IND -50 35 -52 35 -77.1% 35 -78.6% 14 36 -61 0 1